Prep Nordic skiing: Truckee Sprints race through Auburn Ski Club
High school and middle school cross-country skiers tested their speed at the CNISSF Truckee Sprint races at Auburn Ski Club this past Friday.
The race started with an interval-start preliminary time trial with the top 32 boys and girls making it through to the quarterfinals, which consisted of mass starts of eight racers, with the top two in each heat advancing to the finals.
The 750-meter, spectator-friendly course was complete with the format’s expected close finishes and tight-corner pileups.
Truckee had the best showing among the high school teams with both five boys and five girls qualifying for the final heat.
Truckee senior Bernie Nelson won the women’s race and was followed closely by teammates Annika Taylor and Sophie Aaron. Also racing for Truckee were Annika Duerlington (fifth) and Lauryl Rudolph (sixth).
Michelle Cahill led North Tahoe skiers, placing seventh, while teammate Sage Clark came in eighth.
“The race is all adrenaline,” Nelson said after her finish.
Truckee’s Russell Kennedy won the men’s race and was followed by teammate Daniel Gelso and North Tahoe’s Miles Heapes. Also skiing for Truckee was Justin Ondry, who out-sprinted teammates Carson Lindsay (sixth), Alex Hamilton (seventh) and Tom McElravey (eighth) of North Tahoe.
“It was a fun race. It’s a good sprint course,” Kennedy said. “There was no rest; you had to work the whole way through.”
In the middle school competition, Laurel Fiddler of Mammoth won the girls’ race and was followed by Katrin Larusson and Sarah Williams, both of Alder Creek.
Alder Creek’s Alex Kopytko won the boys’ race and was followed by Garrett Driller of North Tahoe and Drew Hartley of Alder Creek.
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